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March 21, 2013 4:19:55 AM

I have an SSD for my OS and a HDD for my games. I installed Steam on my HDD aswell as all my games and it was working but after i turned off and on my computer i cant launch steam. When i try to open steam it says "Windows cannot access the specified, path, or file You may not have appropriate permissions to access the item. Does anyone have an idea on hoe to fix this???

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a b G Storage
March 21, 2013 4:29:55 AM

you CANNOT install application to other storage/partition without the registry(OS) being with it... steam is not portable nor it's game because it need the "registry"(basically files that makes it run)... you'll have to install all your games on the SSD...
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March 21, 2013 4:46:18 AM

legendkiller said:
you CANNOT install application to other storage/partition without the registry(OS) being with it... steam is not portable nor it's game because it need the "registry"(basically files that makes it run)... you'll have to install all your games on the SSD...


That is ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE. I have had the same install of steam over 3 separate operating systems. Steam is VERY portable, you just copy and paste the whole folder to wherever you want, launch the exe from the file and it will install a .dll file on the computer to make it work properly. I have also had many, many applications installed on separate partitions from my OS over the past few years. I have even run steam off of a USB thumb drive just to see if it would work, which it did. Steam even gives you the option now of choosing PER GAME where the files are stored. The only thing you cannot do with steam is fully seperate the game files from the install directory. But as long as the whole internal structure stays intact you can move steams program files folder wherever you want.

With the current prices on SSDs what the OP is doing is really the only practical way to use them. Install the OS and core programs such as security software on the SSD and everything else on a storage drive.


Now.. OP.. have you made sure the drive is still connected? Are you launching from a shortcut and not the original file location? If so try launching the file from the location where it is stored, especially if you have moved the original file after making the shortcut used, which would invalidate the shortcut.
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a c 80 G Storage
March 21, 2013 4:48:20 AM

The games don't have to be installed on the SSD. They need to be installed on the OS(on the SSD) to set the registry, but the games can certainly be on the HDD.
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a b G Storage
March 23, 2013 7:27:34 PM

DiaSin said:
legendkiller said:
you CANNOT install application to other storage/partition without the registry(OS) being with it... steam is not portable nor it's game because it need the "registry"(basically files that makes it run)... you'll have to install all your games on the SSD...


That is ABSOLUTELY NOT TRUE. I have had the same install of steam over 3 separate operating systems. Steam is VERY portable, you just copy and paste the whole folder to wherever you want, launch the exe from the file and it will install a .dll file on the computer to make it work properly. I have also had many, many applications installed on separate partitions from my OS over the past few years. I have even run steam off of a USB thumb drive just to see if it would work, which it did. Steam even gives you the option now of choosing PER GAME where the files are stored. The only thing you cannot do with steam is fully seperate the game files from the install directory. But as long as the whole internal structure stays intact you can move steams program files folder wherever you want.

With the current prices on SSDs what the OP is doing is really the only practical way to use them. Install the OS and core programs such as security software on the SSD and everything else on a storage drive.


Now.. OP.. have you made sure the drive is still connected? Are you launching from a shortcut and not the original file location? If so try launching the file from the location where it is stored, especially if you have moved the original file after making the shortcut used, which would invalidate the shortcut.

Most games require registry, it's either in the folder or in the OS(most of the time). If you got space on SSD, just install it on the ssd to reduce further complication.
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a c 122 G Storage
March 23, 2013 8:14:51 PM

I can't talk about games but I can talk about other applications. I agree there is a registry connection to programs installed but programs do not have to be installed on the SSD to function properly. Before installing several programs on another drive I created the Program Files and Program Files (X86) folders on a data drive. During installation of said programs I made sure they installed to the proper Programs Files folder and have run them all without any problems.
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a c 283 G Storage
March 24, 2013 2:18:35 PM

During an fresh clean install you can usually choose where you want an application installed. It does not have to be to the primary boot drive. There are several ways to do it.

1. The installation utility might have a browse button a user can click on and choose where to install.
2. The installation utility might allow a user simply type in the location in the location form field.
3. The installation utility might allow a user specify a custom installation which would include specifying the location.

There are some very old 32 bit applications with installation utilities that will only install to the primary boot drive. Those are very rare.

We have had similar threads about installing Steam on other drives rather than the primary boot drive. STEAM has published instructions explaining how to do it.
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